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#pounditSunday, April 21, 2024

Michael Malone refuses to blame Nikola Jokic for Nuggets’ loss

Nikola Jokic

The Denver Nuggets suffered a difficult season-ending defeat Sunday to the Portland Trail Blazers, and a few of their players didn’t perform when the team needed them most.

Center Nikola Jokic went 11-for-26 from the field, missing several key shots down the stretch in the fourth quarter. Coach Michael Malone admitted after the defeat that Jokic took responsibility for the 100-96 loss in the locker room, but Malone refused to assign the blame to him.

In truth, Denver’s defeat was a team effort. Jokic did not have a great shooting night, but Jamal Murray went 4-of-18 and failed to knock down any of his four three point tries. Combine that with some huge moments from Portland’s star players and you have a recipe for defeat.


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